Bangladesh would not be able to export bandwidth for long given the rapid pace at which demand is increasing at home
Bangladesh’s bid to export its surplus internet bandwidth got further momentum, with Bhutan and Saudi Arabia expressing interest.
Rinchen Kuentsyl, Bhutan’s ambassador to Bangladesh, and Mustafa Jabbar, yesterday conveyed the landlocked nation’s interest in bringing in bandwidth from Bangladesh in a meeting with the post, telecommunication and information technology minister.
At the meeting, Jabbar assured of providing all possible assistance for the export of broadband internet bandwidth to Bhutan.
During the meeting, they discussed various issues of mutual interest, especially technical and commercial issues in the field of telecommunication, including the Internet.
Saudi Arabia has shown interest in importing about 600 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth, Jabbar told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
“We have enough bandwidth that we can give to Saudi Arabia and Bhutan. Bhutan is a landlocked country, so it has no option to set up a submarine cable.”
Currently, Bhutan is importing bandwidth from India, but as India is charging too high a price Bhutan has turned to Bangladesh, according to Jabbar.
India already taken 10 Gbps for the Northeastern state of Tripura through the Akhaura-Agartala point, he said, adding that Nepal might also take bandwidth from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh would not be able to export bandwidth for long given the rapid pace at which demand is increasing at home, Jabbar said.
At present, Bangladesh is using about 2,100 Gbps against the capacity of about 2,800 Gbps.
Thanks to the two submarine cables, Bangladesh has a bandwidth storage capacity of 2,800 Gbps, according to the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company. The third submarine cable in June 2024 will add another 7,200 Gbps.
“We must keep some buffer so that Bangladesh does not face a bandwidth crisis.”